In an ordinary year, with ordinary things going on – I would be at CISTM 17 in Kuala Lumpur for the bi-annual meeting. I haven’t missed one since 2005. I even made CISTM 15 in Barcelona in the middle of chemo and two years ago in Washington DC. There was a program that I was running (passed off to a colleague who had a bit more time – or at least is a lot more organized).
I had thought, after the five day meeting, to go on to Australia; perhaps first cruising the Mekong Delta.
But noooooo. We have a pandemic and are making due with conferences on line. While being on line lets those from around the world in the Travel Med community participate without having to spend large amounts of money on travel and hotels, it has the definite disadvantage of time zones. No matter what time zone the organizers chose for the base, someone is going to lose sleep. In this case, it is both those of us on the US West and those in Australia/New Zealand.
This morning’s start was 0800 EDT (GMT-5) which put it at 0500 here and 2200 Melbourne.
Tomorrow my start is 0345. So not fun.
on other fronts –
I managed to finish another section on Aster’s Amazing Adventure
and the next section of LittleDove’s Wizard of Oz (I am leaving the backstitching and the glitter to the end – wand/crown & faces…)
The pattern is by Carol Manning. This month’s bit is smaller than the last (at this point, any SAL which is under 1000 stitches per is much appreciated) which means that I could actually knock this out in a day. Once, that is, I located the floss colors. Only 4, but three were not previously used. 16 ct Aida from somewhere and DMC
I think Barbara Ana (the Spanish designer) is on a kick. Or else Creative Poppy which carries her patterns as locked PDFs has convinced her that stitch-a-longs are the way to go. I finished Dreaming Frida (third and final part was released 1 May) and started the new SAL a couple of days ago. Again, this is a three part SAL – with the first part
Dreaming Garden – Barbara Ana – Part 1
stitched with the called for DMC on 18 ct Sunshine from MyVintageNeedleArts on Etsy which I picked up on sale as an orphan. The total design size will be ~ 6×6 (give or take a millimeter or two). Given there are flowers, a house or two – there has to be a girl (with closed eyes) in this one as well….
There are those stitchers who love planning new projects. Picking a pattern, selecting fabric, organizing threads. In fact some love it so much that they have several to dozens of projects bags ready to start at a moments notice. (I know this because I have been known to watch what are called “stash dives” on various Flosstube YouTube channels).
I am neither so organized nor spendthrift. The idea of matching everything up does appeal. But what if I need that thread for another project? Or the fabric better suits a pattern that is newer, shinier? Not fickle, you understand but rather knowing myself all too well. When something is organized in a bag, not started, it fades from my awareness relegated to less than important. It isn’t new and shiny anymore. There might just be something more interesting to place in the active project bin.
Why am I fussing about all of this? Because I finished “Dreaming Frida” by Barbara Ana yesterday afternoon
and stitched in the called for threads. The pattern came from CreativePoppy and was a three part SAL which started 1 April.
So then, I could revert to the rest of the SALs (Stitch-a-longs) that are underway. Or I could start the new Barbara Ana SAL – Dreaming Garden. Note the theme going here? Which takes me to kitting up projects. Since this is a PDF downloaded pattern that this particular seller insists on password projecting, I haven’t been able to upload it to Pattern Keeper thus having to print and work off hard copy. (Note – same issue for other PDF readers.) Since there was thread left from the last, I could grab the 3-4 colors that overlapped. Then I went on a thread hunt (three places to search) followed by a fabric search. An hour later, I was all set. The twelve colors pulled and a piece of 18 ct Sunshine from the same dyer as above. The pattern is smaller than 90×90 so I didn’t want to take a chunk out of a large piece. After all, I might need it some day….. right.
And absolutely no way to reclaim that hour of search & destroy find that I spent neither stitching nor organizing. I just do not get joy out of this kind of getting ready, putting things together. My joy comes from progress, not preparation.
That little bit? Most, but not all of the lower first page. Deceptive – with an estimate of at least 600 stitches it that little bit coupled with a lot of color changes (9/12 included in just this section).
when I started getting punchy, it was time for bed.
There were errands, just a few. And an exercise class followed by working on various stitch-a-longs of the cross stitch variety.
The third of three parts of the Barbara Ana “Dreaming Frida” was released. I can feel a bit snarky because there is more to do in this section than the other two combined. The first section was the keys->flowers on the bottom. The second section was the sun, mountains and houses above. Which leaves me all of the girl (just started with the rest of her hair, her face&head + some more flowers to go.
the fabric is a 16 ct Aida orphan from MyVintageNeedleworks. Stitched with the called for DMC.
Then there is Aster’s Amazing Adventure courtesy of Fuzzy Fox Designs out of Australia. This particular SAL started with 5K’s worth of lunar landscape at the bottom (not visible in this photo) and then adds a planet or so every week. This is through week 7.
Aster’s Amazing Adventure – Parts 1-7
with back stitching to be done later.
Little Dove Designs – Follow the Yellow Brick Road. I ignored the frame (which came out 2 weeks ago) to see if I wanted to play with this – and decided why not. Even with all the little red hearts.
Part 1 started –
Follow the Yellow Brick Road
stitched with the called for threads so far on ordinary natural color 16 ct Aida. Still have the rest of Glinda to stitch as well as the road. I think I just may add some shiny threads to Glinda’s crown and wand.
and lastly – Owl Forest (the Russian company) is offering another free stitch-a-long. This one is Alice in Wonderland. Past SALs include 101 Owls and The Emerald City which are still available for free on their website.
This one starts with an arbor in the middle (and the whole thing is not small). Rather than stitch green all day, I figured that I would make a start and do a bit each day…
Alice in Wonderland – Part 1
stitching on white Aida with the DMC conversion since I figured this out too late to order thread from Owl Forest.
UCBerkeley is on a reading week. I have no more lectures to give. Even leaves me with the option to sleep in!
Sorry, been spending entirely too much time around bad puns. And some are so much worse than others.
It wasn’t a day for anything too complicated. I hadn’t signed up for any shifts at either place I normally work. Instead, I ran errands. Now Joanns is within about 3 miles of the house in one direction. Michaels about the same in the other. JoAnns, as it turns out, was missing several colors of DMC floss so I had to add the Michaels run. As it turns out, I should have just gone there in the first place. They have a new manager. Instead of total chaos in the embroidery section, it is now neatly and accurately laid out complete with signage and labels. Who knew?
I made it home with my floss (and a few other things that jumped into my basket) and spent the afternoon fighting with a couple of CD drives in a desperate attempt to play a couple of MP3 audiobooks… Ah, well. It looks like it is time to haul out the old MAC. I did manage some stitching, then we took dinner over to Shana’s.
It is still before 2200, but I am wiped and headed to bed.
(and now you know why I am not emailing everyone and boring them to tears…)